Sustrans’ Bike It cycle-to-school initiative has signed up to Selectamark’s Bikeregister scheme in an effort to crack down on bike theft.
Several hundred school children in the Doncaster area, where the initiative is being pioneered, have had their bikes security marked and placed on the Bikeregister database – which is now in its fifth year.
The online registration scheme encourages cyclists to sign up to the site and mark their bike using a police preferred product. Police have access to the database, enabling recovered bikes to be easily linked to their owners.
During Dr Bike sessions at local schools, pupils were given the chance to have their bikes marked with a unique ID code and deterrent sticker, and be registered on the scheme.
Sustrans Bike It officer Jim Cole was closely involved with the project: “The introduction of Bikeregister at some of the schools in Doncaster has been an added bonus as it brings to the forefront the idea that the children should be concentrating on security.
“They need to remember to lock their bikes up. Once a child has had their bike marked, if it is ever lost or stolen and then recovered by police, there is a high possibility that they will get it back.”
Cole added: “It’s been a fantastic few months for Bike It in Doncaster, with loads of children cycling to school and full bike sheds everywhere.”